The editorial team of William Carey International Development Journal are pleased to publish the 2016 Fall issue on “The Role of Women in International Development.” We started out inviting papers in the areas of biblical/theological reflection of the role of women, case studies and biographies of women as agents of change in various historical and geographic contexts, and we got just what we wanted. This issue features three original articles that deal with the topic from these perspectives.
Reflecting from an “overarching biblical theological” perspective, Dr. Junia Pokrifka identifies prototypes of extraordinary women in the Bible and shows us how they serve as agents of God’s redemptive work and “evidence of the measure of shalom that God brought to women as members of his redeemed people.”
Dr. Grace May traces the life and ministry of Dr. Mabel Ping Hua Lee, immigrant to the US from Hong Kong in the early 20th century, who later became a scholar activist and Christian leader, advocating women’s rights in China through her writing and teaching, and promoting educational and spiritual nurture to the congregation of the First Chinese Baptist Church in New York City.
Namarr Newson, WCIU Ph.D. associate, presents the extraordinary case of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, descendant of former slaves, as an educator and agent of change. One of the most influential African American women in American history, she integrated her Christian faith with vocation, leaving a great legacy to the Christian community in America and beyond.
We are also including, from Agents of International Development and Shalom, a WCIU Press publication, some autobiographies of women in various roles and contexts, as well as an excerpt on Marie Monsen, a Norwegian cross-cultural worker to Henan, China in the earlier 20th century. All of these together make a great issue that we wish to inform, encourage, and inspire. As always, you are welcome to join in the dialogue, discussion, and debate through reading and commenting on the articles, and sharing insights on your own social and professional networks.